Tenets That Guide Our Work
Golf by Design
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At Robert Trent Jones II ® (RTJ II), we approach every golf course project with a series of fundamental design principles that guide our work. The pillar of our design philosophy is that every project is site specific. We listen to the land and work with it to create the best golf design possible on every unique site.

Based on this philosophical tenet of site specificity, our courses are always recognizable for their suitability to the landscape and climate they’re set in. We are committed to designing golf courses that appear to have been shaped by the same forces that created the surrounding landforms. Our courses feel natural even though we exert enormous effort and skill to create them.

Our design philosophy further holds that environmental sensitivity and responsibility are essential aspects of every golf course project. At a number of projects in our portfolio, we’ve actually remediated long-term environmental degradation by designing golf courses that repair and improve the environment.

Our philosophy also calls for the creation of courses that combine playability for the average golfer with sufficient difficulty from championship tees to challenge the world’s best players. Providing alternative lines of play adds another crucial strategic component to our courses.

These and other tenets of our design philosophy play an integral part in creating the distinctive, creative, and appropriate look of Robert Trent Jones II golf courses.


philosophy_photo1.jpgOsprey Meadows at Tamarack Resort, Donnelly, Idaho, USA  | Photo: Taliaferro Jones
philosophy_photo2.jpgSpring City Golf & Lake Resort (Lake Course), Kunming, Yunnan, China | Photo: Patrick Lim

“We will continue to push the envelope by employing state-of-the-art technologies and innovative techniques.  Our creative approach—grounded in traditional values—allows us to design classic, enduring golf courses for the modern era.”

— Bruce Charlton
President and Chief Design Officer